Sociology 101- Juvenile Shoplifting

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Sociology 101 March 23, 2005 Juvenile Shoplifting Causes and Effects Shoplifting is when someone steals merchandise that is offered for sale from a business. This can include any type of business, from department store to restaurant, no matter how large or how small. Shoplifting is a form of theft and theft is a crime. Not only is shoplifting a crime against a store, but also against society. This is due to the fact that there are other hidden costs involved with shoplifting that affect our community and society. As a result of shoplifting, stores are forced to raise prices in order to make up for losses incurred by such theft. Higher security measures are also required in stores in an attempt to stop shoplifters, which are not only costly, but can be an inconvenience to other shoppers. There is also an added burden placed upon the police and the courts to handle these cases. An increased level of concern about public safety and crime rates may be brought about by increased incidences of shoplifting in particular areas. Lastly and most influential to our social framework is the strain and added family problems that result from the shoplifting arrest of a child, as well as the loss of youthful innocence and damage to their future. (Youth Service Council Of Orange, 2004) So why do so many juveniles shoplift? The easy answer is simply so that they can get something for nothing. However the real cause of shoplifting goes beyond this. Although it is true that getting something for nothing can be exciting and materialistically rewarding, that is not the number one reason given by juveniles for their actions. According to the City Of Orange Police Department Youth Services Bureau, many juveniles steal because of peer pressure and external influences. According to a survey conducted by

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